Project Spark Beta, South Park, and Walking Dead hit Xbox consoles this week

After a few consecutive weeks of new Xbox One releases, we finally reach a week with no new games released. Well, unless you count the Project Spark Beta, which has just become available on Xbox One. But dedicated next-gen gamers are probably still busy with the refreshing Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, which we’ll be reviewing soon. Next week will see the launch of Titanfall, the Xbox One’s heaviest hitter yet though, and the Xbox One Media Remote is still due out this Friday.

Xbox 360 gamers do have some new games to play, including the long-awaited South Park: The Stick of Truth from Obsidian and Ubisoft. On the XBLA front, Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 2: A House Divided is now available for download as well. Details and Store links for both games, plus a preview of next week’s Xbox console releases after the break!

Project Spark Beta

Project Spark is Microsoft and Team Dakota’s unique game creation and sharing tool/game. Players can build their own games in a variety of styles: platformer, shoot-em-up, RPG, and much more and then share them online. Anybody can build a game quickly using the simple Crossroads mode, or go deeper in the full Create mode. Or just download games shared by others and have fun! Check out our preview from E3 2013 for more details.

You can download the Xbox One beta by Binging it from the dashboard or queuing it using the link below. But to actually play the beta, you must sign up for it (or have already signed up) at People who have already been accepted into the Windows 8 beta and redeemed their keys within the Windows 8 game can just hop into the Xbox One version using the same Gamertag with no extra steps. If you haven't redeemed your Windows 8 key, I hear it won't work in the Xbox One game. Redeem it first and then enjoy!

  • Project Spark Beta – Xbox One – 1.44 GB – Free – Link (opens in new tab)

South Park: The Stick of Truth

There have been a few good South Park games before, especially South Park: Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! for XBLA. But there’s never been a really great game based on the show, until now.

The Stick of Truth is a turn-based role-playing game based around a live-action RPG played by the children of South Park. As the New Kid, you get to create your own character from several classes: Fighter, Mage, Thief, and Jew.

What follows is a 12-hour-ish adventure featuring actual writing and voices by the producers of South Park, plus lots of fun references for fans of the show. It’s incredibly funny, daring, and offensive, so much that the European and Australian versions have a few sequences of anal probes and the like censored out of them.

Early reviews indicate the game is also very buggy, which shouldn’t surprise anyone since it was developed by Obsidian. Hopefully patches will iron out the kinks, but even with the jankiness this one is worth a buy for South Park enthusiasts.

  • South Park: The Stick of Truth – Xbox 360 – GB - $59.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab) Link (opens in new tab)

The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 2: A House Divided

Just as Obsidian has a reputation for releasing buggy games, so does Telltale have a reputation for releasing games with poor frame rates (despite their relatively simplistic graphics). But fans love them anyway, because Telltale’s adventure games tell excellent stories and usually offer fun choices for players that encourage multiple playthroughs.

The first Walking Dead season is already a hit on XBLA and other platforms (which sadly include iOS but not Windows Phone). This episode of Season 2 won’t disappoint players, especially those who enjoy the Clementine. A young girl who has reached maturity far too early thanks to the zombie apocalypse, Clementine provides the series with heart – and lots of interesting moments. She’s the central character in Episode 2, which should be a lot of fun.

  • The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 2 – Xbox 360 – 405 MB - $4.99 – Link (opens in new tab)

Next week on Xbox consoles

Titanfall (Xbox One)

The first game from ReSpawn Entertainment (the studio founded by the creators of the Call of Duty series) is almost upon us! This online-only first-person shooter allows players to take part in large-scale matches against both other players and CPU-controlled bots. The result is a multiplayer experience that also feels like a single-player campaign. And yes, there is a real campaign comprised of multiplayer matches and story sequences.

Besides me great graphics and the development team’s pedigree, Titanfall also promises some unique features like player-controlled mechs (giant robots) called Titans. Players also enjoy a great degree of freedom outside of the mechs thanks to jetpacks and a wall-jumping ability.

Lots of Titanfall info has leaked lately, but the game will still be a thrilling experience for FPS enthusiasts when it arrives on Xbox One and PC next week. Titanfall will also be bundled with the Xbox One console, with a Titanfall-themed controller available separately. The Xbox 360 version will follow on March 25 in the US and March 28 in Europe.

  • Titanfall – Xbox One – $59.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab)
  • Titanfall Xbox One Console Bundle – $499.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab)
  • Titanfall Controller – Xbox One – $64.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab)

Dark Souls II (Xbox 360)

Spiritual successors to Demon’s Souls on Playstation 3, the Dark Souls games from From Software and Namco Bandai are some of the most challenging action-RPGs on the market.

Players will die quite a lot as they face deadly enemies and constant perils. Death proves even more punishing in part II, as each death reduces your maximum HP until it reaches 50 percent of the original total. Only a rare item will restore a player’s humanity and maximum HP limit.

Other changes include a new leveling up system, the ability to fast travel between bonfires at will (which causes enemies to respawn), and an improved lock-on ability during combat. To be honest, the Dark Souls series is way too hardcore for me. But I can see why people with more free time and/or masochistic tendencies are drawn to the series’ beautiful universe and deep gameplay.

  • Dark Souls II – Xbox 360 – $59.99 – Amazon Link (opens in new tab)

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • Amazing..
  • 59.99 for Walking Dead?
  • Haa, thanks for catching that.
  • When is the walking dead coming for WP?
  • Probably never, but we can hope!
  • I think it's a typo
  • Can't wait to get home and play Episode 2 of Walking Dead.
  • Love stick stick of truth. Hilarious game
  • I really want to play it, but I'd rather wait to see if it may come out on Xbox One otherwise I'd be forced to purchase for PC.
  • Plants vs zombies really ea server down yet to play the game bought it Feb 25 and still unable to play it. So Xbox needs to send a message out don't buy EA GAMES CAUSE YOU CANT PLAY THEM DUE TO EA that said looking forward to the update looks like they aiming to make this a regular thing thank you.    
  • The servers have worked fine for me so far. Are you playing on Xbox One or 360, and in what country? Maybe the server problems are regional.
  • I have never had an issue. You must be having a bandwidth issue or something.
  • Paul,off topic but who receives any tip we send to wpc??Daniel Rubino??Your articles are best btw. :) they are the ones which I fully read and never miss.Keep up the good work!! :D
  • The tips get sent to Dan, George, Rich, and Sam - not poor little me. They do send stuff my way when I'm around though. If you want to tip me directly, just tweet me @PaulRAcevedo or via email. I am a slow writer, beware. :) I'm super happy that you enjoy my writing. I'm working on several console game reviews and stories at the moment, so if you dig the console stuff you're in luck. :)
  • Lol,poor little you.I read alot of console games review but sadly I myself haven't got past the PS2,don't have enough money to buy a next-Gen console. :(
    Btw,thanks for the info,I mostly report games on my own sticky thread(Newly discovered games)
    .and I think I found a WP game worthy of a review so I'll tweet it directly to you.its another endless runner (Zombies ate my doctor).Its a hefty 49mb download and 1GB ram compatible sadly so I can't test it,it looks AWESOME from the screenshots,maybe you should give it a look. :)
  • A lot of non wp coverage on wpcentral these days. Its slowly turning into MS Central.
  • Ohh my god they killed Kenny.... Those basterds
  • Xbox central
  • The steam version of south park here in Holland is uncensored :D
  • Stick of Truth on the XB1 would be an instant buy for me.  On the 360 though... mine isn't even plugged in any more. 
  • Same. Some tell us when it's released on the One.
  • Well, Xbox on WP may be in a frustrating state of affairs, but the Xbox One and 360 offerings right now are amazing. Really wish that South Park: Stick of Truth was coming to Xbox One, but as for Xbox One Project Spark is really exciting and Titanfall is amazing (I played the beta). Now that they bundled it in for free with an Xbox One, anyone who doesn't have a One yet, what are you waiting for! Stand by for Titanfall.
  • The Walking Dead: Season 2 need to be release on XBO
  • Hope it does! But even if that never happens, the next season or Telltale's next adventure series will come to Xbox One for sure. Will be great to see their games run more fluidly than they do on the previous gen consoles.
  • Damn you UKs Censors Office! I guess I'll have to buy the German edition of South Park then. Bunch of sissies that feel the need to censor games that are clearly for +18.
  • The German version is censored too. :( Details here:
  • Darn it. And PS3 American discs don't work in Europe, right?
    Argh, well if the PC version is uncut, I'll get that one instead. Thanks for the link.
  • Most Playstation 3 discs are not region-locked, actually. So importing might be a way around the censorship.
  • You're joking right ?! PAL version was auto-censored (on consoles only, PC version is uncut) by Ubisoft which feared German rating boards. Germany uses USK a very conservative board, unlike the more realistic PEGI.
  • It's my fault for typing UK instead of Europe in the article. I've corrected that now.
  • I would've gotten stick of truth for my xbox one, but as it didn't come out for it, and I sold my xbox 360, I got it for my surface pro 2 on steam. It has a few bugs, but is pretty sweet!
  • Why the hell would you sell your 360 when you know that the XBone isn't backwards compatible? Right now you're better off with ps360 than ps4One. I know this will change, but I wouldn't give it up if I had one.
  • Because I don't usually play the games I bought 3 years ago, and if some games come out to the old consoles and PC, like stick of truth, I get it for the PC.
  • Sold my 360 as well. Reason? I have enough to play in my Amazing XBO, especially when Titanfall launches. Games I have so far, CoD Ghost (awful), NFS Rivals, Just Dance 2014, RYSE, Dead Rising 3, Assassin Creed, Skylanders, Zoo Tycoon, Peggle 2, Battlefield 4, Lego Marvels, Forza 5, Theif, Madden, Project Spark Beta, Halo Spartan Assault, Tomb Raider and PvZ GW. Really there was no reason to keep my 360. I sold my living room Xbox 360 S Halo edition for $220, Astro Gaming Headset for $150, ALL my games for $180.
  • My only complaint with Stick of Truth is that the keys on PC aren't rebindable. Being left mouse handed, I hate WASD. They should have at least made it ambidextrious.
  • Wish Stick of Truth was available on the One. );
  • A shame Stick of Truth is last Gen only. Kills any interest I had really.
  • Dark souls2